Statement as of 3:54 PM CST op 04 december 2013
... A prolonged cold weather pattern begins Thursday morning...
An Arctic blast will arrive Thursday morning with the passage of
a strong cold front. The front will bring a threat of freezing or
frozen precipitation Thursday night into the weekend... and an
extended period of below normal temperatures through next week.
Overrunning rains are likely behind the front... especially late
Thursday into early Friday. Temperatures are expected to fall into
the 30s Thursday night with much of The Hill Country expected to
reach freezing. Mostly light rain showers are expected to change
over to light freezing rain by late Thursday night... with a mix of
freezing rain and sleet possible by Friday morning. The
The Hill Country has the best chance to see light ice
accumulations... although areas generally along and north of
Highway 90... including Austin and San Antonio... may also see some
brief freezing rain. The period of warm weather this week and the
light precipitation amounts expected should result most of the
freezing precipitation to melt on impact with the ground.
However... light ice accumulations may develop on elevated
surfaces such as bridges and overpasses.
Even without the rain... cold and blustery conditions will produce
wind chill readings in the upper teens..20s and 30s over the
weekend. Another push of cold air will arrive Monday... and
reinforce colder than normal temperatures through the remainder of
Cold weather safety focuses on the four p(s)... people... pets...
plants and pipes. In short... people and pets should stay indoors
or dress appropriately when outside. Frostbite and hypothermia
can result from extended exposure to the elements... both of which
are serious and require immediate warming and medical attention.
Plants should be brought indoors or covered. While the cold
outbreak will last several days... it does not appear severe enough
to cause pipe burst problems. Water should be removed from hoses
and irrigation systems as a precaution.